Google has been stringing us along for more than a month with the possibility of getting Gemini Ultra. Now, the waiting is over; Gemini Ultra is available through Gemini Advanced. You can sign up for Gemini Advanced starting today! If you want to know how, here’s a helpful guide to teach you how. Signing up is pretty easy to do, so you should be up and going in no time.
Gemini Ultra? Gemini Advanced What?
Okay, for the uninitiated, here’s an explainer on what’s going on. The thing is that Google has been pretty confusing with its AI products recently. Throughout the majority of 2023, Bard was the company’s flagship AI chatbot. However, at the end of the year, the company unveiled Gemini. While that was the case, Google still announced Bard products for the future; Bard Advanced was one of them.
Bard Advanced was the version of Bard powered by Gemini Ultra. Well, Google renamed Bard to Gemini, and because of this, Bard Advanced was renamed to Gemini Advanced.
So, Gemini Advanced is the chatbot; the actual interface you interact with. You will type or speak your query or upload an image into it. However, Gemini Ultra is the model powering Gemini Advanced. Think of it as the brain powering it. Gemini Ultra is one of the three sizes of Gemini that Google announced. The others are Gemini Pro and Gemini Nano. You can learn more about these in our explainer.
How to sign up for Gemini Advanced
Now, it’s time to get started. Before you begin, make sure that you’re logged into the proper Google account on your browser. Also, it’s important to know that this is a paid service. It will cost you $19.99/month to use.
Next, go to this page to read about some of the perks you get with this plan. Gemini Advanced is a perk you get from signing up for the Google One AI Premium plan. So, along with access to the model, you’ll also have additional Google Drive storage. You’ll have a whopping 2TB of storage to use. You’ll get that with 10% cash back on Google Play Store purchases, longer Google Meet calls, advanced scheduling, and more.
At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the blue Upgrade button. When you click on it, you’ll see the checkout screen. Now, if the $20/month price has you feeling a little apprehensive, Google is giving people two months of access to the plan for free. People signing up in February won’t have to pay the renewal fee until April. We’re not sure if this is just a limited-time promotion, so if you’re curious about trying it out, then you’ll want to capitalize on it as soon as you can.
How to get rid of Gemini Advanced
Maybe you don’t find Gemini Advanced your cup of tea; maybe you’re hastily trying to get rid of it before your free trial is up. Either way, it’s easy to cancel your Gemini Advanced subscription.
If you use the desktop version of the chatbot, click on the Settings button on the bottom left of the screen. In the little popup that appears, click on the Manage Subscription at the bottom. This will take you to your Google One page. In the center of the page, you’ll see a list of options. The second to last option will let you change your membership. Click on it and click on the Show more plans button.
This will expand the selection of plans that you can jump to. Moving to a downloaded plan will get rid of your Gemini Advanced access while still providing Google One perks. The perks will vary depending on the plan you downgrade to. Be sure to read the individual perks.
If you’re on the mobile version, rather than opening the Gemini app, go to the Google One app. There, tap on the hamburger-style menu at the top left of your screen. There, tap on the Membership plans button.
Next, you’ll see a page with the available plans that you can switch to. tap on the Shows all plans button. This will expand the list to show you the plans you can downgrade to. Select which one you want.
Canceling Google One
Many of the people trying out Gemini Advanced aren’t prior Google One users. If you want to cancel your plan altogether, you can do so. On desktop, rather than clicking on the Cancel membership button. When it expands, click on the Cancel button on the right.
On mobile, instead of tapping on the Membership plans button, tap on the Settings button. On the resulting page, scroll down a little until you see the Cancel membership button. Tap on it to cancel your membership.
Just know that you’ll lose access to the data you’ve saved on Google One along with your other perks. Just be careful.
Switching between the models
What if you want to get rid of Gemini Advanced without changing or canceling anything? Well, there’s an easy way to do it.
Once you sign up for Gemini Advanced, you’ll be able to start using all of the more advanced capabilities of Gemini Advanced. Undoubtedly, Gemini will deliver responses differently than the non-advanced version. That seems like it’ll be objectively good, but it might not suit everyone. If that’s the case, you’ll want to switch back to the standard Gemini.
If you’re on the desktop version, look at the top left of the screen right next to the hamburger-style menu. You’ll see the Gemini Advanced logo with a little downward-facing arrow. Click on it, and you’ll see a little dropdown menu. Click on the top option which just says “Gemini”. Once you do that, you’ll be using the standard Gemini model.
On mobile, it takes a few more steps. Tap on your profile picture on the top right of the screen. On the popup menu, tap on the Settings button. Close to the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a toggle named Advanced responses. When you switch that toggle off, you’ll be using the regular Gemini model.